- A video went viral online showing a young male lion trying to open a car's door during a game drive through Kruger National Park
- The lion was reportedly intrigued by the car's yellow mirror covers, which led to him sniffing around the vehicle
- The video showed the lion then trying to open the right passenger's door with his lower jaw- luckily the doors were locked
Bronwyn Hattingh explained to Latestsightings.com they were driving in a convoy with their friends, Anri and Ansie, in the early morning hours when they came upon six lions next to the road.
"It was just after 5am and we came across 6 lions lying on the side of the road. They were yawning and waking up for the day. We sat for about 15 minutes before the lionesses decided to get up and leave the road with 2 of the younger males following them.", she explained.
However, the yellow mirror covers on their friends' car caught the attention of one young male lion, which decided to take a closer look.
"Our friends drove behind us and decided to get some photos of the lions. As she stopped the young male become very interested in her yellow mirror covers, this is when I turned my camera on. He wanted to take the mirror covers off.", Hattingh said.
Hattingh said her friend, Anri, tried to drive slowly forward- which startled the lion but did it did not cause him to run away.
Instead he started sniffing around the vehicle and then tried to open the right back door with his jaw.
"Twice you could hear the handle opening and closing. It was as if he had done it many times before. Anri was enjoying the young male being so close to the car but Ansie who was in the back seat, not so much, as the lion was nearly as big as their car and she thought he would jump on their roof! You can see all Anri’s facial reactions.", she added.
"Thank goodness he did not open the car door as Anri had locked it quickly. He then wanted to investigate the boot which he also tried to open but he put his huge paw on the car like don’t leave I want to play. Another young male saw the fun and decided to stalk and pounce on the naughty lion from the bush. This was when Anri decided to drive off.”
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